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Saturday March 19, 2011

Calls for Kansas Lawmaker to Resign over Racist Comment

Calls for Kansas Lawmaker to Resign over Racist Comment

Photo: Rep Virgil Peck

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Democratic Lawmakers in Kansas are calling for the resignation of state Rep. Virgil Peck for racist attacks made earlier in the week.

Peck made headlines on Monday when, during an appropriations committee meeting, he made a reference to an agricultural program that controls the state’s feral hog population by shooting them from helicopters.

“Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem,” Peck said.

“Because of this, we must call upon Representative Peck to resign his seat in the House of Representatives and allow someone who will respect the proper role of a state representative to take his place,” House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Davis said Friday.

Peck gave a brief apology in an on-camera statement to CNN on Thursday, saying, “I’m Virgil Peck, and on Monday, I made an inappropriate comment. For that, I’m sorry, and I apologize to anyone that I offended with my inappropriate comment. I’ll be more careful with my words in the future.”

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